ELIZABETH EARLEY & JULIA KOETS
Elizabeth Earley, author of LIke Wings, Your Hands, winner of the American Fiction Prize for best LGBTQ novel and Julia Koets, author of The Rib Joint: A Memoir in Essays will read at Mac's on Thursday, October 24th at 7 p.m.
Kalina, born in Bulgaria and now living in Boston, has always been a spiritual seeker. Her fourteen-year-old son, Marko, who has spina bifida and is partially paralyzed, shares her curiosity about larger metaphysical questions, but also has his own unique perspective on life. Both a philosophical novel and a coming-of-age story, Like Wings, Your Hands explores a mother-son relationship in the context of disability and interdependence, while also raising questions about the nature of time and space and the limitless capacities of the human mind.
"Elizabeth Earley has written a stunningly original novel--one that breaks ground as it breaks silences, one that thrums with insight and compassion and devastating beauty. Entering Like Wings, Your Hands feels like entering the dream box constructed by one of its characters--it catapults us through space and time, zooming us in to the cellular level and blasting us out to the stars. I love this book with 100% of my heart.'
-- Gayle Brandeis, author of The Book of Dead Birds
Elizabeth is the publisher of Jaded Ibis, a feminist press publishing socially engaged literature. Her first novel, A Map of Everything (a Lambda Literary Award finalist), was inspired by her own experience growing up with a sister who had suffered a traumatic brain disorder. Her writing continues to be informed by her interest in family dynamics, healing, disability rights, and the nature of consciousness. Earley has an MFA in Fiction from Antioch University Los Angeles and lives in San Diego.
Exploring the hazy line that can exist between friendship and desire, The Rib Joint is a coming out story that chronicles the childhood, adolescence, and early adulthood of Julia Koets, who grows up entrenched in religion in a small town in the South. From astronaut Sally Ride’s obituary, to a UFO Welcome Center, to a shark tooth collection, to DC Comics’ Gay Ghost, this memoir-in-essays draws from mythology, religion, popular culture, and personal experience to examine how coming out is not a onetime act. At once heartrending and beautiful, The Rib Joint explores how fear and loss can inhabit our bodies and, contrastingly, how naming our desire allows us to feel the heart beating in our chest.
Julia Koets’s poetry collection, Hold Like Owls (University of South Carolina Press), won the 2011 South Carolina Poetry Book Prize and The Rib Joint, won the 2017 Red Hen Press Nonfiction Book Award judged by Mark Doty. Her poems and essays have appeared or are forthcoming in Indiana Review, Creative Nonfiction, and the Los Angeles Review. She has an MFA in poetry from the University of South Carolina and a PhD in literature and creative writing from the University of Cincinnati. She currently teaches at Clemson University.